HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southeastern Louisiana University men's golf team fired a team total of two-over par 290 and held off a late rally by Southland Conference foe McNeese State to claim its first spring tournament championship of the season at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate which concluded Tuesday at Hattiesburg Country Club.
The Lions, who went into the final round nursing an eight-stroke lead after a near-record total of 277 in round two, finished at 12-under par, 852, for the event, and were two better than McNeese State.
The Cowboys fired the day's low round with a team total of 283 and finished at 10-under for the tournament at 854.
'McNeese State made a great run today but we stepped up and were able to hold them off,' replied Southeastern head coach Tim Baldwin. 'It was a great win for our program and I'm especially proud of the way the guys responded after a lackluster performance in last week's season-opening tournament.
'This is one of the most consisent efforts across the board that we've had in quite some time and it's a great momentum builder as we head home for our own tournament.'
Wichita State and host Southern Miss tied for third at 857 while Iowa State rounded out the top-five with an 885 total.
Southeastern's Steven Tiley and Brett Bergeron led the Lions' effort finishing tied for third at four-under par, 212. Shane Rushing of Southern Miss claimed medalist honors firing two rounds in the 60s including an opening 66 to finish at 11-under par and four-strokes clear of runner-up Andy Allen of Jacksonville University.
Anders Hofvander closed with an ever-par 70 to finish at one-under par, 215, and in a tie for 10th place. After a second round 69, Mark O'Sullivan slipped to a final round 75 and tied for 15th place at one-over 216 while Michael Schoen closed out the Lions' contingent in a tie for 25th at six-over par, 222.
Next up for the Lions will be the home-hosted Beau Chene Collegiate Classic Feb. 23-25 at Beau Chene Golf and Country Club's Oak Course in Mandeville.
Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate
Par 72, 6,892 yards
1. Southeastern La. 285-277-290 852
2. McNeese State 278-293-283 854
3. Wichita State 291-279-287 857
Southern Miss 284-287-286 857
5. Iowa State 296-288-301 885
6. Nebraska 302-291-299 892
7. Sam Houston St. 300-291-302 893
8. Troy State 295-292-311 898
9. Jacksonville St. 300-304-296 900
10. La.-Monroe 303-305-297 905
11. Nicholls St. 299-309-308 916
12. Texas-Pan Am 306-307-310 923
13. Samford 312-299-314 925
14. Western Illinois 319-311-306 936
15. William Carey 325-327-326 978
T3. Steven Tiley 72-68-72 212
T3. Brett Bergeron 70-71-71 212
T10. Anders Hofvander 74-69-72 215
T15. Mark O'Sullivan 73-69-75-217
T25. Michael Schoen 70-76-76-222